How a Tradition Lives on

Published: 25th September 2014 06:03 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th September 2014 06:03 AM   |  A+A-


BANGALORE: About 12 years ago, Sudha A Kumar, a homemaker and resident of Malleswaram, was approached by a senior citizen, Kamalamma, with a request: could she take up the doll display?

"It was a family tradition for her, and she no longer had the space in her house to keep the dolls," says Sudha.

For a couple of years, Sudha fulfilled her request. And after she passed away, for about 10 years now, Sudha has kept up the tradition.

"These dolls are 60-years-old, older than me," she adds. Some of them were falling apart, and were spruced up by painters from Trichi three years ago.

This year, assisted by her husband Ashok Kumar Mehta and high school-going daughter Roopali, as also Sudha Kumar's shloka class students, they are planning a mini landscape, inspired by locations around Mysore.

"That's where the bombe (doll) tradition started, so we'll have the Chamundi Hill and a bird paradise, sort of similar to the Ranganathittu sanctuary," she explains.

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